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Magnesium Oxide: Beware of These Risks and Problems

By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 07:49 PM

Magnesium oxide is a common form of magnesium used to supplement the diet and reverse magnesium deficiency, which can contribute to medical conditions like heart problems, leg cramps, and weight gain.

Magnesium is involved in more than 300 chemical processes in the body, making it a vital nutrient. The typical American diet of processed food does not provide adequate magnesium to meet the recommended daily amount of 320 mg for women older than 30 and 420 mg for men over 30, according to WebMD.

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There are many different kinds of magnesium supplements to help you reach the recommended intake, and they are not all created equal. Some supplements help more with one particular need, and some have side effects or other complications.

Magnesium oxide is a popular supplement because it is inexpensive, but it’s important to know about the risks and problems associated with it. One thing to know about magnesium oxide is that it is non-chelated, so it doesn’t absorb well compared to other supplements, says Natural News. Chelated minerals have been chemically combined with amino acids so that the body can used them better.

Magnesium oxide also can cause other side effects. Users commonly experience diarrhea with magnesium oxide, according to Drugs.com. Some other magnesium supplements also cause diarrhea, while some types don’t seem to have that effect and are gentler on the body.

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Magnesium can build up in the body if you take too much, and magnesium toxicity can cause an irregular heartbeat, nausea, and dangerously low blood pressure, according to WebMD. At very high doses, magnesium can even be fatal.

Allergic reactions to magnesium are rare, but when they do occur, they may cause hives, lightheadedness, severe itching, weakness, nausea and vomiting, according to LiveStrong

You should check with your doctor to make sure magnesium oxide will not interact with your other medications or conditions before taking it, especially if you take diuretics, heart medications, antibiotics, or have diabetes, intestinal disease, heart, or kidney disease, says WebMD.

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